Editorial: Renew and expand support for women

  • Article by: EDITORIAL BOARD , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 11, 2012 - 9:51 PM

Violence Against Women Act provides needed safeguards.

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eman2001Dec. 11, 12 9:51 PM

Violence Against Women Act openly discriminates against male victims of violence. Numerous unbiased scientific studies show that a significant number of victims are males, yet the act excludes them from recognition and services. Too bad the Strib continues to tow the party line, and refuses to look at this issue in an objective way.

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doots799Dec. 11, 1210:28 PM

What ever happened to Equal Protection Under the Law? We all can and should expect the law to protect us regardless of what classification we fit into. We do not need special laws to protect a certain group of people. Assault is Assault, no matter the race, color, sexual orientation, or gender of the victim.

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BillRonanDec. 12, 12 8:20 AM

VAWA destroys the presumption of innocence. People who are for this believe it will never happen to them so they don't care. When you are falsely accused watch how society agrees. This is the best way to abuse on's spouse if your a woman. The police are free. The Mafia leads to entanglement. There is 0% prosecution of false allegations according to our state court admin. The most perfect crime.

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sausageDec. 12, 12 8:28 AM

I was mentor to many young males and at risk teens. Violence and sexual assault was a common theme with them . Where do these people turn for help? The women they turn to and the men they seek help from often are the perpetrators or they ridicule them. The law aids the females, but what about the males? What happened to equal protection? What happened to fair treatment? It seems we have female uber alles! A sick attitude.

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beebee82Dec. 12, 12 8:50 AM

"We do not need special laws to protect a certain group of people."

In a perfect world, no, we shouldn't need special laws to protect specific people. But until three men are murdered every day by their domestic partners, it only makes sense to focus protection efforts on those who are overwhelmingly the victims of such crimes.

I agree, as society we need to do a better job of protecting male victims of domestic abuse and providing services for those victims. I'm not sure why reauthorizing this act would prevent us from working simultaneously toward that goal, however.

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my4centsDec. 12, 12 9:18 AM

Protection efforts can be focused on those who are most at risk without writing laws that discriminate based on gender or anything else. Write laws that treat everyone the same, then there would likely be very little opposition. If we are going to grant jurisdiction for tribal courts to prosecute one type of crime, why wouldn't we grant them the same jurisdiction for other offenses? It makes no sense - especially if those who are accused can move the case to federal court. We need to quit writing laws that are specific to one group and enforce the laws that already exist.

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savagedruidsDec. 12, 12 9:20 AM

beebee82: why do the men have to be murdered by their domestic partners? Way more men are assaulted and murdered than woman.

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jgmanciniDec. 12, 12 9:34 AM

"why do the men have to be murdered by their domestic partners? Way more men are assaulted and murdered than woman."-------That is completely untrue. Many more women are assaulted and murdered by their domestic partners than men are. I feel very strongly that no one, regardless of gender, should be abused in their own home. But, if you want people to acknowledge violence against men and start to do something about it, you also need to be willing to acknowledge that women are victims too. The better solution is to expand the VAWA to include men, rather than toss the (albeit inadequate) protection that it already covers.

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beebee82Dec. 12, 12 9:52 AM

"Assault is Assault, no matter the race, color, sexual orientation, or gender of the victim."

Sorry, but not all assaults are created equally. When nearly 70 percent of all violent crimes involving female victims are committed by male family members or acquaintances, we can't treat domestic violence like we do stranger violence. It requires different prevention and education strategies. And when domestic assault often results in less severe punishment than stranger assault, we are certainly not treating them all the same.

For example, if you attempt to strangle the life out of a stranger, you are charged with attempted murder and face 27 to 33 years in prison. If you strangle your spouse within an inch of his or her life, you face 18 years under national sentencing guidelines. What were you saying again about "equality?"

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lostinstpaulDec. 12, 12 9:57 AM

Writing laws to "protect" people who are not citizens is completely idiotic. The USA is here to protect its citizens, not random criminals who are here illegally.

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